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Printmaking as a manual technique linked to the world of d.i.y. and traditional art it is opposed to the logic of massive and homologating industrial production.
The laboratory supports the production of communication and self-financing material for projects and collectives inside and outside ot301, as well as non-profit, critical and collective projects.
Irina Baldini is a print-maker working with traditional techniques who has expanded her knowledge through alternative printing techniques through the years.She teaches Cyanotype, etching, dry-point and monotype regularly, and gives introduction courses in bookbinding and paper.

Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers the process of creating prints that have an element of originality.

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide.

Drypoint is a printmaking (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printmaking) technique of the intaglio (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intaglio_(printmaking)) family, in which an image is incised into a plate (or "matrix") with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or diamond point. Traditionally the plate was copper (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper), but now acetate (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellulose_acetate), zinc (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc), orplexiglas (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plexiglas) are also commonly used. Like etching (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etching), drypoint is easier for an artist trained in drawing to master than engraving (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engraving), as the technique of using the needle is closer to using a pencil than the engraver's burin (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burin_(tool)).

In traditional Lithographythe printing is from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a ball grained surface. It was invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. Kitchen Litho uses simpler materials to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.

Monotype is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals. There are many techniques of monoprinting. Examples of standard printmaking techniques which can be used to make monoprints include lithography, woodcut, linocut..

In these sessions we will learn how to produce a hand made matrix, to prepare the sensitive solution and print beautiful blue-prints in cyanotype or ink based prints with the use of a printing press.
The laboratories are suitable for beginners and intermediate students willing to experiment with the technique under supervision of a tutor.

Join us this year for Bookbinding lessons and learn the craft of paper. Upcoming bookbinding workshops include introductions to Pamphlets, Stab Bindings & Concertina, Single Section Case Binding among many more methods.

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Upcoming events (2)

Introduction to Bookbinding 3: Exposed Spine

4bid Gallery @ OT301,

Workshops at the Atelier are a great way to get a first-hand introduction to the art of bookbinding and printmaking. All of our workshops are taught by practicing artists and craftspeople, in an open and friendly atmosphere. Absolute beginners are more than welcome, and tea and chat is included! Bookbinding Workshops: Introduction to Bookbinding, Pamphlets; Stab Bindings, Concertinas, Single Section Case Binding, Round Back Case Binding, Boxmaking. DESCRIPTION Suitable for complete beginners. During this workshop participants will learn how to fold and manipulate, and will learn three versatile book structures – the pamphlet, the concertina, and the Japanese stab binding – which can be used to present work, to personalise and give as gifts, or as the basis for artists’ books. On completion of the workshop students will leave with a set of their own books and the skills to make more at home using minimal equipment. Introduction to Bookbinding 1 is the first in a three-part series of introductory bookbinding workshops at AAPBA. You are encouraged, but not required, to take all three workshops in order. Participants to Introduction to Bookbinding 2 will benefit from techniques learned in '1,' and likewise participants to '3' will benefit from techniques learned in '2.' For a complete beginner, taking all three workshops in order will give you a good foundation in bookbinding. Introduction to Bookbinding 3 Price: donation between 20 and 30 euro - concessions available- email or RSVP to reserve a place

Cyanotype Printmaking & Toning workshop

A bit of History, for the curious ones: The English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered the procedure in 1842. Though the process was developed by Herschel, he considered it as mainly a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, as in blueprints. It was Anna Atkins who brought this to photography. She created a limited series of cyanotype books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection. Atkins placed specimens directly onto coated paper, allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is regarded as the first female photographer. We will explore the possibilities of this technique around photography, expanding to different ways of producing negatives by drawing, collage, scratching, digital printing etc.. Suggested DONATION €15<>€20 concession available

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Cyanotype Printmaking & Toning workshop

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